The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for aircraft owned by Ethiopian Airlines has been rated the best in Africa.
The facility is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), most civil aviation authorities (CAA) of many countries in the world and also the certification of the best aircraft manufacturing companies, including Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier.
This was revealed by Acting Managing Director, MRO Sales and Marketing, Mr. Henok Haile, who said that in addition to maintaining most of its fleet of 127, the facility performs checks for airlines from many other countries up to D-check.
It has the certification to service most types of Boeing aircraft, including classic Boeing 737s and the new generation fleet, Boeing B767, 757, 777 and others. It also performs checks on Bombardier Dash 8 and is also advancing in the maintenance of Airbus aircraft types.
“We carry out checks on almost all the planes in our fleet and we have B777s and A350s. We also have hangars B737 and B787. We also have a paint shed. We are painting planes here, as you can see there is an Arikaircraft which is currently being painted.
“We have the ability to repair the airframe, engine and components of the aircraft. We repair Bombardier Q400, Boeing 777, 787, A350, We have base and line maintenance capability. For the engine, we have engines used for the B787 and B737, we have an overall capacity for these planes. We also have global capacity for Q400. We have a global capacity for GTCP 131 and 331. On the component side, we have more than 200 components.
We have repair and comprehensive capability in our MRO. Our MRO is approved by IATA and our local civil aviation. We have the approval of different regulatory bodies in Africa, Middle East, Europe and America. We can perform any maintenance on our facility. We do maintenance for Arik Air. We have the capacity ”,
He said the Ethiopian MRO carried out checks on third party aircraft; that is, those belonging to other airlines from different parts of the world.
“We have a lot. As you can see in this hangar, we maintain the B777 aircraft from Saudi Arabia, we have an Arik. We have a lot of aircraft from other countries that are serviced at our facilities. Currently there are Tag Angola aircraft and Cameroon’s national aircraft carrier Camair-Co in our hangar We have also performed a C-check on the aircraft.
“We have Nigerian airlines bringing their planes to our facilities for maintenance. We had serviced Medviewaircraft. We are still receiving orders and are in the process of maintaining more airlines from Nigeria and other countries. So we work. “
Regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Ethiopian MRO operations, Haile said it affected all lines of business, noting that most customers could not make it to the MRO facility due to lockdowns in various countries. .
“We were working through the situation. We had planes in the hangar for maintenance before containment. We have not suffered any delays. We have creative management systems. So what we did was we received planes, serviced them, and returned them using a different mechanism, but the pandemic affected our business. We are the first choice for the maintenance of African airlines. We are Africans, we have to grow and support each other. Ethiopian Airlines is the pride of Africa. So every African carrier should come to Ethiopia, ”he said.